South Clear Creek Falls

Creede, Colorado 81130

South Clear Creek Falls

South Clear Creek Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"South Clear Creek slips over a ledge in a long, frothy plunge, splashes over boulders, and tumbles into a sparkling pool. This surprisingly scenic waterfall lies hidden at Silver Thread Campground, between Creede and Slumgullion Pass on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway.

Silver Thread Campground is open as long as the snow allows, but may not be accessible during the winter, so plan accordingly. The trailhead is located at the southern end of the campground, across from a small parking area. You’ll follow the trail up and over a rise, then take a few switchbacks down to an overlook, the creek, and the boulder-strewn base of the falls. There is stinging nettle here, so step carefully among the greenery and keep the kids and pets on trail."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 minutes
9,720 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,650 feet
Top Elevation
Rio Grande National Forest, (719) 852-5941,; Divide Ranger District, (719) 657-3321; Divide Ranger District–Creede Office, (719) 658-2556
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 78 B1; USGS Colorado Quad Map: Hermit Lakes
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Dec 2018